Vulnerability, impact and temporal products

Vulnerability, impact and temporal products.


The Vulnerability, impact and temporal products project aims to:

  • create new tools to improve understanding and communication of the impact of geohazards in the UK to people and society
  • help improve the resilience of our society by developing tools and/or services which enable people, businesses, the responder community and/or government to make more informed decisions based on the likely impact of geohazards
  • develop time-relevant geohazard information products/services to enable decision makers to have access to real-time information about the potential likelihood or threat from geohazards


Examples of tools developed so far include:


myVolcano is an iPhone app that helps to collate and disseminate information about volcanic ash fallout should our skies be subjected to another ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Goehazard notes

Geohazard notes provide government (and other bodies) with relevant scientific information to enable them to make more effective decisions either during an event or to help with resilience planning.

Developing our information services

Through the Natural Hazards Partnership, the project is also looking at ways to incorporate weather data from the Met Office and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) into BGS geohazard models (e.g. BGS GeoSure). We hope to be able to improve our day to day understanding of when and where landslides are more likely to occur given certain weather conditions.

We are also exploring the use of social media to investigate whether BGS can make use of the wealth of publically available information to help advance scientific understanding and provide better and more timely advice.

GeoSocial — Aurora combines sightings of the aurora, using social media, with our continuous observatory measurements of the geomagnetic field.

Predicting when and where the aurora may be visible is not straightforward. When a geomagnetic storm forecast is issued, a common question posed to scientists is "How far south will the aurora borealis be seen?" Current projections do not always match sighting reports received after an aurora display, but by using social media, it is hoped that this new source of data will help improve our scientific projections of these events.

We are looking to expand this research to other geohazards and to include different social media sites.


Please contact Emma Bee for more information.